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Akins family
MG 1 volumes 2-6 · Fonds · 1764-1927, predominant 1803-1906

Fonds consists of records documenting primarily the business activities of three generations of the Akins family in Falmouth and Liverpool. Includes insurance journals (1803-1817) and account book (1787-1791) kept by Thomas Akins; business and family correspondence, (1811-1924); deeds, mortgages, bonds, and other legal material (1764-1906); account books, bills of sale, and correspondence of Charles Akins (1885-1906); Akin genealogy book, assessment roll of Falmouth, (1906); correspondence and reports of the Avon River Power Company (1921-1922); and a copy of Windsor Tribune issued 1 July 1927.

Akins (family)
2018-030 · Collection · 1910?-2014 (collected 1997 to 2014)

Collection partially documents the business and personal lives of Albert Lee’s parents Shew Chuck Lee and Sui Fa Lee, and the families of Charlie Wing Lee and Nellie Lee, Dow Fong, and Mary (Ling) Mohammad. Collection contains wedding, school and family photographs (1910?-2011); restaurant menus and similar ephemeral documents (ca.1940s-ca.1950s); audio recordings of interviews with Dow Fong, Chuck Lee, Annett Ling, George Ling, William Ling, Dr. Larry Shyu and Dr. William Wong (1988, 2011-2012); memoir on childhood in China, business licenses and card from Chuck Lee (1980s, ca.1920s, 1946) as well as his engineering diploma from Dalhousie University (1939). Also includes a memoir of life at a Halifax Chinese laundry by Linda Lee Oland (1997); historical essays written by Albert Lee (1999-2014) and promotional items for the Nova Scotia Museum exhibit “Growing Up Chinese in Halifax” (1997).

The collection was assembled by Albert Lee for this 1997 museum exhibit. 40 items, including 4 audio interview recordings, were subsequently digitized for use by University of British Columbia Library for their digital exhibit “Early Chinese History in the Maritimes” in 2011-2012. Items are arranged by family creator/owner, with those items used in the digital exhibit filed separately.

Lee, Albert
2008-043 · Fonds · 1891-1920

Fonds consists of five diaries kept by the Pearls in their capacity as lighthouse keepers for the Department of Marine, Canada - Lighthouse Service. The contents of the fonds record times when the lights were lit, extinguished and the total time in operation for the lighthouse on Green Island (subsequently Pearl Island), Nova Scotia, at the mouth of St. Margarets Bay. The diaries also include observations about the weather and winds.

Pearl, Albert
Photograph Album · Item · 1934

Fonds consists of one album of photos compiled by R.W. Cautley, in December 1934, as part of a Report to the Commissioner of National Parks for Proposed National Parks in Nova Scotia. Cautley's inspection of proposed sites for national parks was an influential factor in the creation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in 1936.
Photographs depict landscapes of various locations in Nova Scotia, including Yarmouth, Weymouth, Carleton River, and aerial photographs of Scot Bay, Cape Split, and Cape Blomidon. Also includes photographs of the landscapes along the former No. 4 Highway to Cape Breton Island, NS, the Bras d'Or Lakes, Louisbourg, Whycocomagh, Cheticamp River, and the Margaree River.
Also depicted are various landscapes along the Cabot Trail such as Mackenzie Valley, Pleasant Bay Intervale, Red River, Aspy River, Cape North, Dingwall Harbour, Ingonish, and Indian Brook. The album also includes portraits of H. F. Laurence, Department of Highways Engineer; J. Barrington, M.L.A.; and Richard W. Cautley, Dominion Land Surveyor, and one picture of a proposed bridge location over the Cheticamp River.

Cautley, Richard W.
Alex Busby
2008-052 · Fonds · [199-]-1993

Fonds consists of sound recordings on Nova Scotia folk art which led to the Genie nominated film production Folk Art Found Me in 1993. Includes interviews with both curators and artists in the folk art and art gallery communities in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in North America.

Busby, Alex, 1960-
Alexander H. Leighton
1988-413 · Fonds · [ca. 1880]-1974, predominant 1950-1953

Fonds consists of photographs (negatives, contact prints, selected enlargements, and slides) created and accumulated in the course of the Stirling County Study directed by Leighton. The fonds consists primarily of prints and negatives taken by chief photographer John Collier Jr. which depict Digby County, Nova Scotia, including the communities of Digby, Bear River, Cape St. Marys, Freeport, Westport, Weymouth, and numerous others. Includes images of traditional industries (agriculture, fishing, logging, and family businesses), family, social, and religious events, schools, churches, housing, residents, and general views and landscapes. Other photographs include aerial views of the study site taken by the Royal Canadian Air Force; scenes of Digby County from various sources; the Navajo community at Fruitland, New Mexico, USA, relating to a parallel study at Cornell University; and a small number of photographs accumulated by Leighton during his travels to Europe and Africa. Fonds also includes 16mm film reels containing mostly raw footage and work prints relating to the study in Digby and parallel studies in Nigeria and New York, as well as two documentary films shot by Leighton; one film entitled "Porpoise Oil" was produced in collaboration with the Mi'kmaq of the Bear River Reserve in 1936 and features a re-enactment of traditional hunting methods.

Leighton, Alexander H.
Alexander Houston
MG 1 volume 483C · Fonds · 1778-1788

Fonds consists of a bound diary in two sections. The first section was writen from 7 January 1778 to September 1779 while Houston was in New York. It recounts details of the weather, arrivals and departures of ships, troop movements, and various battles of the American rebels and their French allies against the British during the Revolutionary War. The second section of the diary was written in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and covers the period from 18 March to 30 May 1788. It details the weather, crop plantings and failures, ice conditions, hauling seaweed, dealing with the black flies, work around the house and other daily events. It is not certain that both portions of the diary were written by Alexander Houston because of differences in the handwriting.

Houston, Alexander, [174-]-1824
Alexander J.O. Maguire
MG 3 volumes 132-134 · Fonds · 1883-1890

Fonds consists of 3 account ledgers. It appears as though at least two of the ledgers documented transactions of fish and fishing supplies at Crow Harbour, Nova Scotia, now called Queensport.

Maguire, Alexander J. O.
2011-059 · Fonds · 1806-1855

Fonds consists of correspondence between Alexander "Sandy" McDougall Sr., Alexander McDougall Jr. and various members of the McDougall family, including Isabella Catherine (McDougall) Duffus and Elizabeth Ann (Van Buskirk) McDougall. Also includes correspondence from Joseph Howe to Alexander McDougall Jr., along with several pages of notes written by Howe about McDougall's life and poetry for a posthumous publication of his poetry. The fonds also includes several volumes of poetry collected and written by McDougall, a newspaper clipping from the Mechanic & Farmer relating to a poetry lecture given by McDougall at the Antigonish Mechanic's Institute, and a copy of "Funeral Oration on the death of Hon. Daniel Webster" inscribed to Joseph Howe from Amasa McCoy. Also included in the fonds is the marriage certificate of McDougall to Elizabeth Van Buskirk.

McDougall, Alexander 'Sandy' Sr., [ca. 1765]-1834
2017-034 · Collection · December 1917

Fonds consists of 29 photographs of the destruction of military buildings, ships, and waterfront piers caused by the Halifax Explosion of 6 December 1917. Images include the Wellington Barracks and other buildings at Wellington (became CFB Stadacona military base) on Gottingen Street, the ship “Imo” beached on Dartmouth shore, the steamship “S.S. Old Colony” which became a temporary hospital, railway line along the shore, the deep-water military terminals at Pier 2, the market at Duke and Brunswick Streets (became Scotia Square), and the garrison chapel at corner of Brunswick and Cogswell Streets. Photographs bear sequential numbers A1 toA6, B1 to B6… to E1 to E6. Missing from the set is B3.

Deroche, Alexander Pierrepont
Alfred C. Fuller
MG 1 volumes 1233-1251 · Fonds · [1890?]-1974, predominant 1923-[196-]

Fonds consists of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, product manuals, publications, inventories, and ledgers documenting the activities of the Fuller Brush Company, particularly in the area of advertising. Also includes newspaper clippings, articles, certificates, biographical notes, addresses, correspondence, and printed ephemera relating to Alfred C. Fuller and his career; draft manuscript and correspondence pertaining to his biography, A Foot in the Door; and notes and charts on Fuller family geneaology and related families. Fonds also contains photographs of the Fuller Brush Company plant and products, Alfred C. Fuller, family members, celebrities, and social and promotional events, some of which were published in Foot in the Door. There are also drawings of Fuller, miscellaneous prints, and sound recordings and films featuring interviews with Fuller, company training and recruitment, and scenes of a trip to Connecticut by the Nova Scotia Apple Blossom Festival queen in 1960.

Fuller, Alfred C., 1885-1973
MG 3 volume 6200 · Fonds · 1889-1986

Fonds consists of minutes, governance documents, correspondence, lists of directors and shareholders, financial statements and annual statements, agreements, promotional items, and notes on the history and origins of the company along with biographical information about the founders.

Alfred J. Bell & Grant Company
Alice Jones
MG 1 volumes 524-525 · Fonds · 1902-1904

Fonds consists of handwritten and typewritten manuscripts of Jones' works including, "A Well Dressed Woman," "From the North-West" and "Jamaica." Also includes her handwritten diary (1902-1904), compiled while she resided at Government House, Halifax, and two scrapbooks containing greeting cards and other ephemera, with some items in the second scrapbook addressed to Eva Clark.

Jones, Alice, 1853-1933
Allan C. Dunlop
2015-033 · Fonds · 1958-2013

Fonds consists of personal and business correspondence (including some outgoing letters), pamphlets & flyers from historical societies, sporting events, and elections; research documents and notes on a wide range of topics generated in response to reference queries, Nova Scotia Archives projects, his personal interest in the history of Pictou County and Rev. George Patterson, or for clients on contract; research notes and papers on the record-keeping practices of Nova Scotia Vital Statistics department; speeches, research notes and academic papers Dunlop presented at conferences, historical society meetings and to the general public (some of which became published articles); manuscript articles, research notes and correspondence with editors of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography; annual general meeting minutes, event notices & newsletters of Convoy Estates Condominium where he lived; NS Sport Hall of Fame correspondence, board meeting minutes & reports, newsletters and event brochures; academic papers from up-and-coming historians sent to Dunlop for his comments and assistance; correspondence, newsletters, event notices, and some meeting minutes of heritage and archives professional associations he participated in; his daily appointment books; Dunlop’s essays, papers and research for his M.A. thesis on NS politics from his time at Dalhousie University and their Class of 1967 reunion; and conference programs Dunlop attended. The fonds also includes report cards from New Glasgow High School; some documentary art pieces from L.B. Jenson and Alastair B. Johnson; and photographs of Dunlop, his brother Grant Dunlop playing high school hockey, a New Glasgow bridge in 1988 and of Gottingen Street, Halifax, in the 1970s.

Dunlop, Allan C.
Allan E. Marble
2015-035 · Fonds · 1973-2006

Fonds consists of Allan Marble’s research notes and photocopies of historical records (collected 1985-2001) together with his manuscripts (1999-2006) for his 5 books on the history of medicine and physicians in Nova Scotia as well as correspondence to and from the book publisher (2001-2002) and information sources (1994-2002). Dr. Marble searched all 18th and 19th century archival sources available and noted all death records and records about medical doctors. He arranged his research notes by time period and type of primary source consulted, then by county. Early draft manuscripts of some chapters and correspondence with information sources are found within his research files.

Also includes correspondence, reports and genealogy notes on the Frohnmayer family, to help locate a compatible bone marrow donor for their daughters’ rare blood disease (1987-1989).

Also includes handwritten copies of the Death Register from the Lutheran Zion Church of Lunenburg, NS for 1773 to 1850, translated into English from German by Ruth Wolf in 1993 and 1998.

The fonds documents Allan Marble’s research method and published conclusions on medical practices in NS in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the process of publishing during the technological transition from paper-based to computer-based publishing in the first decade of the 21st century. Arrangement by creator.

Marble, Allan E.